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Gonzalo Ceja

 (1936 - 2006)
Gonzalo Ceja was active/lived in Mexico.  Gonzalo Ceja is known for set design furniture and paintings, surrealism, symbolism.

Gonzalo Ceja

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Gonzalo Ceja
Biographical Summary
Master Painter and Award-winning Set Designer, 1936-2006
Born 1936 in Jiquilpan, Michoacan, Mexico
Formal Art and Painting Studies:
1954-56, National Plastic Arts School, San Carlos, University of Mexico
1957-59, School of Theatrical Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico City
1967-69, French Government Scholarship Recipient
Engraving at the Heiter Atelier
Art History, Louvre Museum, Paris
Became a national celebrity in Mexico when his team won the Silver Ariel award for best production design for the film Like Water for Chocolate, produced by Fernando Arau, the movie was the highest grossing foreign film in the U.S. In 1993
Furniture pieces and paintings were featured in movie belonging to Mr. Ceja
Exhibitions in Mexico, the U.S. and France

Artist Profile-Gonzalo Ceja ?Characteristics of his work:
Surrealism, eroticism, harmony with the environment of characters represent the transit from sleep, life and death, to the unknown
Focus on celebration, ritual customs, the transit of individuals to another plane
Characters located in open spaces
Use of sober tones achieving a level of light that is present in each painting

Detailed work in character and background
 Mystical, symbolical, revealing the occult
Individual personality of each work, with influences from Gustave Moreau, Odillon Redon and Jean Delville in their symbolic periods
Individual Exhibit Roster
1963-Art Gallery AC, Monterrey, Mexico
1964-Inter Church Center Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1965-Union Seminary Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1965-Parson Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1967-El Tucan Gallery, Mexico City
1970-Pecanins Gallery, Mexico City, Sala Agustin Arrieta, Puebla, Mexico
1972-Itatti Gallery, Mexico City
1973-1975-Arvil Gallery, Mexico City
1974-Museum of Art and History, Cd. Juarez, Mexico
1979, 1980, 1981-Miro Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1983-Ester Echeverria Gallery, Mexico City

Submitted by Bob LaCasce, collector of work by the artist

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About  Gonzalo Ceja

Born:  1936 - Jiquilpan, Michoacan, Mexico
Died:   2006
Known for:  set design furniture and paintings, surrealism, symbolism